In the humanities, classrooms are labs and students are collaborators
The notebook on the table in front of Masha Raskolnikov, associate professor of English, holds only a few lines of text -- the three points she absolutely must cover today. But what most interests her is what happens between these points, the experimental realm in the classroom where anything can happen.
"Aha!" moments happen for Raskolnikov -- recipient of a 2008 Appel Fellowship for Humanists and Social Scientists -- in virtually every class, though it is the process of discovery that advances her research rather than any individual insights in the classroom. Read more
Carl Becker's histories and the American present
Carl Becker wrote to a future colleague in 1917, inquiring about Ithaca's climate. His temperament was indeed quickly tested. Cornell transformed his views and, through his writings, the thinking of many leading Americans -- but not because of the weather. Read more
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Faculty art projects ...'Technology ecosystem' in NYC ... Cornell history ... Med students in Ithaca ... Citizen scientists ... Track coaches in East Africa ...Read more